No. 12 Dayton 73, Saint Joseph’s 66

Andrea Hoover scored 19 points and Samantha MacKay added 18

points and seven assists as No. 12 Dayton wrapped up its first

Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season title by beating Saint

Joseph’s 73-66 Sunday.

The Flyers (26-1, 14-0) set a record for victories since moving

to Division I in the 1985-86 season. Both teams advanced to

Saturday’s Atlantic 10 tournament quarterfinals, where Saint

Joseph’s (20-8, 11-3) will be the host and fourth seed.

A 16-4 run in the final 6 minutes of the first half gave Dayton

a 37-25 halftime lead. Kelley Austria hit two 3-pointers during

that run.

The Flyers led by as many as 18 points in the second half. Erin

Shields and Natasha Cloud led a Saint Joseph’s rally that cut it to

four, but MacKay secured the win with four free throws in the final

17 seconds.

Shields scored 28 points and Cloud 17 for the Hawks.